Min Enze

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Min Enze
Native name
Born(1924-02-04)4 February 1924
Died7 March 2016(2016-03-07) (aged 92)
Beijing, China
Alma materNational Central University
Ohio State University
Lu Wanzhen (m. 1950)
AwardsHighest Science and Technology Award (2007)
Scientific career
FieldsPetrochemical catalysis

Min Enze (simplified Chinese: 闵恩泽; traditional Chinese: 閔恩澤; pinyin: Mǐn Ēnzé; 4 February 1924 – 7 March 2016) was a Chinese chemical engineer and chemist. He was an expert in petrochemical catalysis, and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).


Min was born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. He graduated from National Central University (Nanjing University) in 1946, majoring in chemical engineering.[1]

In 1951, Min obtained his doctor's degree from Ohio State University in the United States. He worked for National Aluminate Corporation between 1951 and 1955.[2] He returned to China in August 1955 after the Korean War ended and was assigned work at Beijing Institute of Oil Refining (now Institute of Petrochemical Science of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation). Min was elected an academician of CAS in 1980, a member of Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 1993, and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 1994. He served as the chairman of academic committee of the Institute of Petrochemical Science of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec).

Min received the Highest Science and Technology Award in 2007, the most prestigious scientific prize awarded in China.

Min died on 7 March 2016 at the age of 92 in Beijing.[3]

Asteroid 30991 Minenze is named in his honor.[4]



  1. ^ National Central University was renamed Nanjing University in 1949 and reinstated in Taiwan in 1962. The chemical engineering department became part of Nanjing Institute of Technology (Southeast University) in 1952, and then Nanjing University of Technology in 1958.
  2. ^ "闵恩泽的爱国之路" (in Chinese). Chinese Sciences News. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  3. ^ "我国炼油催化应用科学奠基者闵恩泽院士逝世" (in Chinese). Chinese Academy of Sciences. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  4. ^ "中国四位国家最高科技奖得主获小行星命名" (in Chinese). chinanews. 3 May 2011.